President Michel Aoun on Wednesday lamented the presence of “systematic campaigns that are based on lies and aimed at political assassination.”
The President, however, stressed that he is determined to “try and make the necessary change, no matter the challenges.”
“Politically, there are fabricated and normal crises, and the forensic audit is my duty and it has cost me a lot of time and effort and a confrontation against obstructors,” Aoun said in a meeting with a delegation from Lions Clubs International.
The President had earlier in the day met with Finance Minister Youssef al-Khalil and Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, in the presence of his advisor Salim Jreissati. The meeting was dedicated to discussing the financial situations in the country and the difficulties that the Alvarez & Marsal firm is facing regarding the forensic audit of the central bank’s accounts.
During the meeting, Aoun insisted on “the start of forensic audit operations into the accounts of the central bank,” calling for granting Alvarez & Marsal full access to the requested data and documents so that it can “issue a preliminary reports by 12 weeks at the latest in line with the contract’s stipulations.”
Khalil and Salameh for their part said that they are carrying out “the necessary measures with the possible speed in this regard.”
Aoun meanwhile warned the conferees that the repercussions from failing to conduct the audit would be “negative on all levels,” noting that “the law stipulates that forensic audit should target all state administrations and institutions.”